Norman Bates

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Anh Nguyen

Professor Kenneth Brady

English 100

13 October 2014

Norman Bates: Two Lives Within A Soul

Sigmund Freud 's Psychoanalytic Theory of Personality Development states that there is a structural model of the psyche, which splits the human identity into three instances of Ego, Superego, and ID. In Psychoanalytic Stage of Development, there are five stages: Oral, Anal, Phallic, Latency, and Genital. Even though Sigmund Freud never was writing about the movie _Psycho_, theories of Freud, have a great connection with the personality of Norman Bates. According to Oedipus complex, by Sigmund Freud, it introduced the term for a child 's libidinal attachment to the opposite sex parent, while experiencing jealousy and dislike of the same …show more content…

As Norman grew up, he never had the chance to explore his sexual desires with other people.

Norman 's behavior can be further analyzed by using Freud 's theory of Infantile Sexuality. In his theory of Infantile Sexuality, Freud explains that a child has sexual instincts. Sigmund Freud 's theory describes the ideas and emotions which exist within the unconscious mind of children concerning their desire to possess their mothers sexually and eliminate the threat of their fathers who they competed with for the attention of their mothers. Norman 's problem is he is stuck in the Phallic Stage. The Phallic Stage is the third stage of child development, occurring between the year of 3 and 6. Between this time, Norman must have been abandoned by his mother. Her lover must have been envied by Norman because all he wants is his mother 's love and attention. He felt that the other man was a threat to the relationship Norman and his mother had. After feeling abandoned by his mother, Norman 's Oedipus complex forced him to have a fight with his mother 's lover, which eventually made him to murder the two of them after finding them in bed together . For Freud, most repressed memories relate to sexuality. However, the killings don 't stop with the mother and her partner. Norman continues to kill women who come to the motel that he finds attractive.

Norman engages in a discussion with Marion in the parlor where he reveals a desire to escape from his

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